‘Brady Bunch’ house closes sale for $3.5 million – almost twice the asking price

HGTV closed sale on the “Brady Bunch” house in Studio City on Friday for $3.5 million – almost twice the asking price of $1.885 million.

The network is planning a show around the iconic home.

The house also comes with its original set of 1959 blueprints, said a spokesman for Ernie Carswell of Douglas Elliman, the listing agent.

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HGTV won the home over more than a handful of other bidders, including former *NSYNC singer Lance Bass, who had offered just under $3 million.

David Zaslav, chief executive officer of HGTV’s parent company Discovery, announced its win during the company’s second-quarter earnings call Tuesday, Aug. 7.

“More detail to come over the next few months, but we’ll bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history,” he said.

Zaslav was not more specific about what type of show HGTV would put on, or if “Brady Bunch” actors might have any roles.

HGTV is already promoting the house on Facebook, teasing its “Big Project” on Tuesday morning.

“Guess who has a big project planned for this iconic ‘70s TV home? Watch for more clues, coming soon,” the network says in its post.

Bass took to Twitter late Saturday night to say he was “heartbroken” to learn that he lost out.

“The agent representing the estate informed us we made the winning bid, which was WAY over the asking price,” he said in a lengthy tweet, in which he cried foul over the selection process.

The following day, “The same agent informed us there’s another corporate buyer (Hollywood studio) who wants the house at any cost … they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources,” he wrote.

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On Tuesday, however, Bass tweeted that he was OK with HGTV nabbing the property, adding “how can you be mad at HGTV?? I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else … Kudos, HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house.”

HGTV??! Aw man. I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else, but how can you be mad at HGTV?? My television is stuck on that channel. Kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again. 😁

— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) August 7, 2018

The  2,477-square-foot house that represented the Brady family’s home on the popular TV sitcom sits on almost a third of an acre. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

It’s on the market for the first time in 45 years.

Only the home’s exterior appeared on the show. The indoor scenes were shot in a studio.

But the house has long been an attraction. The listing calls it “reportedly the 2nd most photographed home in the United States after the White House.”

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Real estate agent Danny Brown of The Agency represented HGTV.

Brown said it’s not unusual for homes that have appeared on screen or have been owned by celebrities to receive higher offers, especially in parts of Los Angeles and New York City.

“A lot of the time there’s a cache to it, a pedigree to it, it demands a premium because of it,” he said.

But neighbors of such properties shouldn’t get their hopes up, because the higher selling price is unlikely to affect appraisals or boost comparable sales.

“It’s not going to take a genius to figure out that is a very rare, one-of-a-kind situation,” he said.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
‘Brady Bunch’ house closes sale for .5 million – almost twice the asking price